Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mdfb79:
3.28/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in Stoddard's for lunch last Friday, 08/17/12. The place seemed a little upscale and was nicely decorated; seemed pretty cool inside. Place was pretty empty so we sat at the bar and got lunch with 2-3 beers.
Beer quality was pretty good and resonably priced for a city; about $7 for beers and they had a decent amount of local brews on tap which is what I was looking for.
Our bartender was very nice, but it seemed pretty clear that there was confusion between what was on the beer lists and what was actually being served. I ordered a Be Hoppy from Worm Town on tap (they said they had it on cask and on tap) and was served a beer. After having 1/3 of it and saying to my friend it was extremely hoppy, he looked at the tap and it turned out to be Hopulence; not the biggest deal in the world, but Hopulence was not on the menu and it didn't look like they even had Be Hoppy on tap.
For my second beer I ordered a Boulevard Saison Brett, a beer I have had many times, and was given a dark brown beer that was clearly not a saison. After looking at it and smelling it we told the bartender it was not Saison Brett, and he said "Oh yeah, the distributor wasn't sure if it was Saison Brett or a new beer. We were supposed to check the keg before tapping it but it looks like no one did." My friend said it was most likely their new beer Stingo and the bartender went and checked and it was. Not a big deal as I enjoyed it, but still kind of annoying.
It is a decent place and I would go back as it didn't seem like there were a lot of good beer places in that section of Boston, but between these 2 issues I would be very vigilent when ordering a beer and make sure you know what you're getting, as the bartenders don't seem to really know.
08-21-2012 15:13:41 | More by mdfb79
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25 | $$
A quick illustration of this bar's thoughtfulness on the beer: I watched a bartender clear a beer line for a newly tapped beer. About an hour later, the manager poured the beer and declared it flat (versus his knowledge of that particular beer). He even said that this beer previously poured too foamy. The bartender volunteered to correct the carbonation.
This establishment is long and dark, due mostly to the mid-block location opposite a large building on a narrow street. The bar is half the depth. Taps run the length of the bar about 18 inches apart. The selection is eclectic with no conventional beers and relatively few common craft beers. They are obviously seeking a clientele wanting the unusual.
My bartender was a bit "all over the place" but friendly. Midway through she stated she was working a double and wanted to cash out. I didn't see her after she closed out so I'm not sure what she meant by the double. In the end, I'd say she was "busy" without a lot of work.
The food was okay I ordered a basic Caesar salad and the ingredients were served around the late--the anchovies were whole and on the side while the croutons were on the other side. Unusual. The couple next to me loved their charcouterie.
Love the beer but not the service.
06-13-2014 20:17:19 | More by smcolw
4.21/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Excellent beer bar with four rotating cask taps, for those of us that prefer casks beer this is one of the few places that typically always has a few to chose form. Food is excellent, highly recommend the chicken wings, or the cheese plate. The crowd can be annoying, I'd suggest going during the summer when school is out and there are more 'adults' there rather than college students.
05-25-2014 14:20:31 | More by Mini4x
Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.